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King Lear: Act 1, Scene 3

King Lear
Act 1, Scene 3

The Duke of Albany’s palace.

  1. Enter Goneril and Steward Oswald.

Goneril

2
  1. Did my father strike my gentleman for chiding of his Fool?

Oswald

3
  1. Ay, madam.

Goneril

4 - 11
  1. By day and night he wrongs me, every hour
  2. He flashes into one gross crime or other
  3. That sets us all at odds. I’ll not endure it.
  4. His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us
  5. On every trifle. When he returns from hunting,
  6. I will not speak with him; say I am sick.
  7. If you come slack of former services,
  8. You shall do well; the fault of it I’ll answer.
  1. Horns within.

Oswald

13
  1. He’s coming, madam, I hear him.

Goneril

14 - 23
  1. Put on what weary negligence you please,
  2. You and your fellows; I’d have it come to question.
  3. If he distaste it, let him to my sister,
  4. Whose mind and mine I know in that are one,
  5. Not to be overrul’d. Idle old man,
  6. That still would manage those authorities
  7. That he hath given away! Now by my life
  8. Old fools are babes again, and must be us’d
  9. With checks as flatteries, when they are seen abus’d.
  10. Remember what I have said.

Oswald

24
  1.                            Well, madam.

Goneril

25 - 29
  1. And let his knights have colder looks among you;
  2. What grows of it, no matter. Advise your fellows so.
  3. I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall,
  4. That I may speak. I’ll write straight to my sister
  5. To hold my very course. Prepare for dinner.
  1. Exeunt.
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